October 24, 2014
Issue 43, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our newsletter for the week!
News Items:
  • Having a Sibling Makes Boys Selfless, Study Suggests
  • Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category
  • Siblings of Children with Autism Can Show Signs at 18 Months
  • Early Intervention Could Boost Education Levels
  • Better Academic Support in High School Crucial for Low Performers with ADHD
  • Kids' Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues
PediaStaff News
  • Hot Job: Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist, Dover, DE
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Outpatient Speech-Language Pathologist - Midlothian, TX
  • Hot Job:  School Based OT, McHenry, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Space People
  • Book Review: Learning the Alphabet Through Short Stories
  • Therapy Activity of the Week: Frankenstein Contact Paper Sticky Wall
  • New Halloween Tradition for Children with Allergies: The Teal Pumpkin Project

Articles and Special Features 

  • Social Skills Corner:  Let's Pretend...
  • SLP Corner: Meme Use in Speech-Language Therapy Sessions
  • Autism Corner: How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple's Siri
  • Private Practice Corner: How Does Your Practice Reflect You?
  • OT Corner: Students Shouldn't Earn Brain Breaks
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Having a Sibling Makes Boys Selfless, Study Suggests

[Source:  Science Daily]

A new study brings good news to all the brothers out there: Having a sibling is just as good for you as it is for your sister.

That's surprising to family scholars because boys typically report that they benefit less than girls from peer relationships.

"In our study, most relationships were not as important for boys as they were for girls," said study co-author Laura Padilla-Walker. "But the sibling relationship was different - they seemed to report relying on sibling affection just as much as girls do. It's an area where parents and therapists could really help boys."


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Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

[Source: Psych Central]


A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme.

Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD.

If this opinion is accurate the concept has broad implications for psychiatric diagnoses and perhaps for society.

Researchers at Cardiff University School of Medicine and the University of Bristol in the U.K. believe there is a spectrum of attention, hyperactivity/impulsiveness, and language function in society.

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Siblings of Children with Autism Can Show Signs at 18 Months  

[Source: Science Daily]


About 20% of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that 57% of these younger siblings who later develop the condition already showed symptoms at age 18 months.


Published in the October Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, this is the first large-scale, multi-site study aimed at identifying specific social-communicative behaviors that distinguish infants with ASD from their typically and atypically developing high-risk peers as early as 18 months of age.


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Early Intervention Could Boost Education Levels 

[Source: Science Daily]


Taking steps from an early age to improve childhood education skills could raise overall population levels of academic achievement by as much as 5%, and reduce socioeconomic inequality in education by 15%, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide.

In a study now published in the journal Child Development, researchers from the University of Adelaide's School of Population Health and colleagues at the University of Bristol in the UK have modelled the likely outcomes of interventions to improve academic skills in children up to school age. They considered what effect these interventions would have on education by age 16.


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Better Academic Support in High School Crucial for Low Performers with ADHD 

[Source: Medical News Today]


New research reveals that high school students with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are using an unexpectedly high rate of services for their age group, yet many low achievers with ADHD are not getting the academic supports they need. Scientists from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and several other universities published the findings in School Mental Health after examining data for a large national sample of high school students with ADHD.

Desiree W. Murray, FPG scientist and lead author of the study, said previous studies have demonstrated that children with ADHD often have difficulty completing work and performing at the level of their actual academic ability.


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Kids' Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues   

[Source: Psych Central]

A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence.

However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth.


Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University found that when a 10 or 11 year-old shows poor judgment, the potential for high-risk health behavior in their teen years escalates.

"These findings suggest that less-refined decision skills early in life could potentially be a harbinger for problem behavior in the future," said Weller.

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Hot Job:  EI Speech-Language Pathologist, Dover, Delaware 

We are searching for a dedicated pediatric speech therapist who enjoys working in a community based setting treating kids with disabilities. Our client's outpatient rehabilitation therapy services are comprehensive and individualized to meet each client's needs, family-oriented to meet each family members concerns, outcome-oriented with a goal of enhanced independence, and cost-effective benefiting from public support.

Speech and hearing therapy services focus on enhancing or restoring limited or lost communicative skills or swallowing capabilities lost due to trauma, disease, aging or congenital abnormality. Our licensed speech therapists incorporate the use of special facilitory techniques, augmentative and assistive equipment, therapeutic exercise and evaluation tools. 


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Hot Job:  Pediatric Outpatient SLP - Midlothian, TX 

Our client has an immediate need for a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist to work full time in their outpatient facility in Midlothian, TX.  The clinic treats children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses and focuses on developmental delays and children with autism. They see Medicaid families as well as private pay. Electronic medical record system, notes are 24 hours completion. Laptops are provided to clinicians.  Strong CFYs will be considered.

Salary is commensurate with experience and starts at $63K. A full benefits package is also offered. Join this company as they expand their practice! Clinic is therapist owned and operated.


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Hot Job:  School Based OT - McHenry, IL 

We are working with a school district in McHenry County who is in need of an OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST to work full time at one elementary school in the McHenry area.  This is a great position for a new OT or one with many years of practice.  You'll join a supportive team in a fun environment and have the benefit of competitive contract pay and benefits.


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Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Space People  

Space People to help create spaces between words when writing.  Perfect!


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Book Review:  Once Upon an Alphabet  

[Source: The Montreal Gazette via Mind Shift]

Alphabet books are a staple of children's literature. We're all familiar with the basic "A is for apple, B is for bear" approach but some of us, myself included, revel in alphabet books that set themselves apart from the norm - that assign X to more than the usual xylophone image and Z to something other than zebra.


Oliver Jeffers, an illustrator easily identified by the hand lettering that graces his books and by the characters with stick arms and legs, has created some remarkably unique picture books. Born in  


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Activity of the Week:  Frankenstein Contact Paper Sticky Wall  

[Source:  I Heart Crafty Things]

It's been a while since we've made contact paper sticky wall art. Since I've had Halloween on the brain, I came up with this idea to use different materials to create a Frankenstein. My daughter had so much fun and ended up with a unique looking, spooky creature.


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Halloween Tip:  For Kids w/Allergies: The Teal Pumpkin Project  

This Halloween, Food Allergy Research and Education, (FARE) is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies:  The Teal Pumpkin Project.  This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.


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Social Skills Corner:  Let's Pretend

by Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L 

Talking toys, ready-made projects, iPads, and electronic games are all super fun and enticing. However, they don't help our kids develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. These are the skills that will ensure life long learning and problem solving not only through school but throughout careers and family life as well. What will happen to the next generation of kids if they don't learn these critical life skills?

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SLP Corner: Meme Use in Speech-Language Therapy Sessions

by Jessica Chase Solari, CCC-SLP

When I was first introduced to memes, I thought they were all for comedy and that they were image-based on the internet. However, I later found out that the term "meme" is actually more complex and broad than what you can find online. The word "meme" originates from science, noted first in Richard Dawkin's book The Selfish Gene (1976), where Dawkins (an evolutionary biologist) discusses how in genetics a meme is a self-replicating unit with significance in explaining human behavior and cultural evolution 

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Autism Corner: How A Boy With Autism Became BFF With Siri

Editor's Note: Thank you to our OT friend Loren Shlaes for the heads up on this sweet story!


[The New York Times]


Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple's "intelligent personal assistant" on the iPhone, is currently his BFF. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms - an hour in which, thank God, I didn't have to discuss them. After a while I heard this:

Gus: "You're a really nice computer."

Siri: "It's nice to be appreciated."


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Private Practice Corner: How Does Your Practice Reflect You?

[Source:  The Burgeoning School Psychologist]

I am a singer. Not professionally, I just sing all the time. My children will tell you I sing All . The . Time! It's my thing - I love music. When I'm in my car, I'm that crazy lady who's doing a full breakdance session in the driver's seat. When I provided counseling sessions, my students got used to me humming a tune, playing some music, singing down the halls on my way to pick them up.  

OT Corner: Students Shouldn't Earn Brain Breaks

[Source:  Pink Oatmeal]

I love brain breaks.  I  don't love when I hear others saying that their students earned a brain break. Students shouldn't earn brain breaks.  Hearing someone say that their class earned a brain break just seems backwards to me.  Brain breaks are something that students NEED and should not be skipped if the class didn't "earn" them. 

I'm not saying that students shouldn't have the opportunity to do them after they've worked hard or a job well done.  I'm saying that they should be looked at as a 
NEED and not as a extra.

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